Propagation of the Faith

The Propagation of the Faith funds the needs of the missionary Church.

The history of Society for the Propagation of the Faith and what it does today.

Canadian Allocations

This year in Canada the Propagation of the Faith allocates its donations to the following countries:

World Mission Sunday

October 23th, 2011
October 21st, 2012

Every year on the third Sunday of October, parishioners around the world join together to celebrate the world's 1,200 missionary dioceses. The celebration includes prayer and donations to a special collection taken up in every parish.

We would like to thank all those who generously donated throughout the years.


World Mission Sunday -October 23, 2011

by Sr. Cecily Graves,
Director Diocesan Mission Council Office

World Misson Sunday, to be celebrated on October 23, will give us the opportunity to reach out in faith to more than two-thirds of the world's people who have yet to hear the "Good News" of Jesus Christ, or to experience—through the world and witness of missionaries—his abiding love. On World Mission Sunday, within the context of the Eucharist, we can offer our prayers. Through the Society of the Propagation of the Faith, we can offer our financial support for missions, making Jesus known "to the ends of the earth."

World Mission Sunday does not just happen here in our local churches. It is truly a universal celebration, a worldwide recommitment. World Mission Sunday unites Catholics throughout the world to the Church's evangelizing mission. October 23 provides us a renewed opportunity to pray in solidarity for the work of the missionary Church. It also asks us to financially support the work of the Propagation of the Faith that has a bird's eye view of the needs of the Churches. In 2010, following directions from the head office of Propagation of the Faith in Rome, monies contributed in Canada funded projects in Uganda, Albania, the Philippines, and Papua New Guinea.

The missionary work of the Church depends on each one of us. Please be as generous as your means will allow and continue to pray that all of us in this diocese and nation may be eager and effective witnesses of Jesus in our world, so in need of his love and peace.

Orginal artical in the October 2011 edition of The Carrilon.

Related Offices Mission Council
Related Themes Charities Discipleship Evangelization

Bishop's Message

February 2008

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

The Christian spirit has always been animated by a passion to lead all humanity to Christ in the Church. The outreach to others expands the network of friendship with Christ which connects heaven and earth, different continents and ages. It is entrance into the gift of communion with Christ, which is new life enlivened by charity and the commitment to justice.

This outreach requires taking into account the hopes, sufferings and concrete situations in an experience of sharing, a characteristic of true friendship, and is a valuable occasion for witnessing and for Christian proclamation.

It is my fond hope that Mission Council will continue to be a bearer of the presence of God and an instrument of true humanization in our broken world.

Sincerely Yours in Christ,

F. B. Henry
Bishop of Calgary.

Related Offices Mission Council
Related Themes Social Justice Stewardship Charities Discipleship Volunteers Evangelization

Current Outreach Opportunities

Below is a selection of Outreach Opportunities supported and promoted by the Diocese of Calgary.

Together in Action (formerly ABA)

"Above all preserve an intense love for each other since love covers a multitude of sins" 1 Peter 4:8

"Do things out of LOVE"

Visit the Together in Action webpage.

Catholic Missions in Canada (formerly Catholic Church Extension Society)

"Catholic Missions promotes national awareness on the needs of our Canadian missions and raises funds to sustain the work of evangelization."


St. Mary's University College

"Is a Catholic post-secondary institution which offers liberal arts studies and is the only B.Ed. degree in Canada specifically designed for the formation of Catholic teachers."

Website :

Camp Cadicasu

"We are inclusive. And that's not just talk. We live that philosophy by welcoming children and youth regardless of race, religion, socioeconomic status. Camp Cadicasu is committed to coeducation, providing opportunities for boys and girls age 8 – 17 to grow together."


Catholic Charismatic Renewal

"The Calgary Catholic Charismatic Renewal Society is at work in and through the Holy Spirit evangelizing, teaching and ministering to fan the flames of renewal in our Diocese."


Faithful Companions of Jesus (FCJ Christian Life Centre)

In companionship with Christ and one another, and in an atmosphere of openness and hospitality, our mission is to share God's vision for a peaceful, joy-filled and just world through enabling and fostering wolistic growth in all who search for meaning and direction in their lives.


Franciscan and Friends

"The Franciscan and Friends Mission effectively utilizes the universal language of music to build community, evangelize and minister not just to the poor but the broader human family, a smart Christian initiative with good ecumenical participation."

Bishop FB Henry
Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary


Mount Saint Francis Retreat Centre

"Mount St. Francis is a peace-filled retreat centre where the spirituality of communion, the heart's contemplation of the mystery of the Trinity dwelling within us, and whose light we must also see shining on the face of our brothers and sisters around us, is taught and nurtured."

F.B. Henry
Catholic Bishop of Calgary


The Women's Inter-Church Council of Canada (WICC)

Is a national council of representatives from 10 church partners, focusing on four main concerns of social justice, women's issues, ecumenism, and the growth of women's spirituality.

The annual World Day of Prayer and the Fellowship of the Least Coin movement for peace and reconciliation are both coordinated by WICC in Canada.


University of Calgary Catholic Community (U.C.C.C.)

"Provides a presence within the University setting intended to enable students, faculty and staff, and the community at large to share their faith and to foster a lived commitment to their Roman Catholic Christian heritage."


Martha Retreat Centre


Related Offices Mission Council
Related Themes Social Justice Charities Stewardship Discipleship Volunteers Evangelization

God-given Gifts

"Everybody has their own particular gifts from God, one with a gift for one thing and another with a gift for the opposite." (1 Corinthians 7:7)

At this time of the year, it can seem like we are bombarded with the idea of gifting – both receiving and giving. Suggestions abound on someone else's idea of what you would like to receive or what someone else would like to receive from you.

Upon reflecting on this idea of gifting, I was reminded of a story that Fr. John Shea shares in his book The Legend of the Bells and Other Tales. It is the story of a person who was a teacher for many years, and at Christmas, as was the custom at the school where he taught, students would bring gifts. After about the third year he could guess what the gift was by the size of the gift box. For example, long flat boxes would contain handkerchiefs (it was in the day when handkerchiefs were being used). He developed a habit, and that was to throw the box in the closet unopened until he needed a handkerchief. Only then, would he go to the closet and open the box. On one such day he opened such a box and much to his surprise he discovered an antique pocket watch! Imagine, all the time he possessed an antique watch and didn't know it.

This story is a reminder that we all have God-given gifts and qualities that make each one of us, children and adults alike, unique. It is our purpose to discover, unwrap and use these gifts to help ourselves, others, and to bring about God's kingdom on earth. As we age, mature, and grow in wisdom our gifts will be expressed in different ways for different tasks. An added benefit is that we will discover new gifts!

During these seasons of Advent and Christmas, and during the whole year, let us become aware of our many gifts; let us go beyond the outer package. Who knows what we may discover… perhaps an antique pocket watch?

Let us see the evidence of God's gift of love which is so plentiful to each one of us. May God's blessings and gifts be with you and your family in a special way during this holy time.

Written by Norline Johnson, Religious Education Secretariat, Senior's Corner Coordinator.

Related Offices Stewardship Religious Education
Related Themes Charities Stewardship Discipleship Giving Christmas Advent Seniors

Granting Program Criteria

Deadline for submissions is March 31 of each year.

Organizations interested in applying for funding should download the Grant Application Guidelines.

If your organization meets the eligibility requirements outlined in the Guidelines, please download the Grant Application. This application is posted each year at the beginning of February.

If you have questions about your eligibility, please contact Joann Churchill email or phone 403-218-5534.

Please contact Doreen Thibeault email or phone 403-218-5522 if you have an questions while filling out the application form.

Please note BEFORE completing your application:

  • In the Guidelines for Funding, Section IV, item 3, please note the references regarding Catholic Values.
  • The completed application form and attachments package must be submitted by 4:00 pm on March 31.
  • Your application should be submitted electronically. If this is a barrier for you, please contact our office.
  • The agency is responsible for confirming that Charities & Development has received the application.


Related Offices Charities & Development Related Programs Together in Action Granting Program
Related Themes Charities
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